CREATIVE Scotland has awarded more than £192,730 through its Open Project Fund to support festivals, research and development, production, touring and the purchase of vital equipment, in Edinburgh.
Projects awarded include:
- Universal Arts Productions received £14,970 funding towards ‘Opera Galactica’ an operatic comedy in partnership with Scottish Opera.
- Magnetic North Theatre received £8,000 funding to tour award-winning production ‘A Walk at the Edge of the World’, created by Nicholas Bone, Sans Facon and Ian Cameron, to rural venues in Scotland and Wales.
- LGBT Youth Scotland received £15,000 funding towards LGBT History Month in February 2016.
- 48-Hour Film Project received £4,500 funding.
- Edinburgh band War Charge received £3,500 towards recording and touring support.
- Kat Healy received £2,995 funding to attend Folk Alliance International.
- Eszter Marsalko received £1,000 funding to attend the Women Playwrights’ International Conference.
- Sally-Ann Provan received £5,495 funding towards the creation of a new body of work – a millinery collection incorporating and exploring new technologies of laser-cutting/engraving, (acrylic) perspex, resins and gold leaf.
- Ishbelle Bee received £6,000 funding towards the research, development and production of ‘Witch-Itch’, an original novel based on the witch-trials of Scotland and northern England.
- Claire Askew received £3,500 towards the research, development and production support towards a second collection from multi-award-winning poet Claire Askew.
- Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS) receievd £8,270 to deliver two Edwin Morgan Translation Fellowships for two internationally published translators.
- Bella Hardy received £4,500 funding towards campaign and launch of Bella Hardy’s new album ‘A With The Dawn’ at Celtic Connections.
- East Neuk Festival received £100,000 funding towards artistic programmes for 2015 and 2016.
- Film Mobile Scotland received £15,000 for the purchase and installation of a touring DCI projector.
This news comes at the same time as Creative Scotland has awarded more than £1.3m to individual artists and organisations through its Open Project Fund right across Scotland.
Sixty one individuals and projects across the arts, screen and creative industries and based throughout Scotland, received awards of between £1,500 and £100,000 between December and January 2015.
There are no deadlines attached to Open Project Funding. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis and decisions provided within eight weeks for applications less than £15,000 and 12 weeks for applications more than £15,000. This means that individuals and organisations can apply at a time that suits their needs and their practice.
This new funding route, launched in October 2014, reflects Creative Scotland’s commitment to simplification and clarity and replaces multiple funding routes that previously existed. Applicants can apply for funding amounts between £1,000 and £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception) for projects lasting up to two years.
Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “Open Project Funding is one of the three key elements of our new funding approach, delivering the promise of simplicity and clear routes to funding for those we are here to support.
“I’m particularly pleased that we are able to operate the Open Project Fund without deadlines. Demand is high, so we are allocating budgets across the year, which means that both individuals and organisations can apply at a time that suits them. This is something that has been asked for and we are responding accordingly.
“Alongside our Regular and Targeted funding routes, Open Project Funding aims to support work across a broad range of practice and scale and across all parts of Scotland.
“This route to funding helps artists and creative people bring their ideas to life, increasing the quality, strength and diversity of culture in Scotland, delivering real benefits for everyone that lives here.
“Over £1m of these awards has been allocated from National Lottery funds. Alongside funding from the Scottish Government, The National Lottery forms a vital part of funding support for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland and it is important to recognise this.”
Details of the Open Project Fund and all other Creative Scotland funding can be found on our website at http://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-project-funding
Open Project Funding commenced on 1 October, 2014 and sits alongside Regular and Targeted Funding as one of Creative Scotland’s three funding routes.
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Notes to Editors:
Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. Open Project Funding replaces most of the project based funding programmes previously operated by Creative Scotland. Open Project Funding supports a broad spectrum of activity including: creative and professional development; research and development; production; small capital requirements; touring and collaborations; festivals; arts programming; audience development, etc. A full list of activities supported through this route is set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).
Guidelines published: 1 October 2014
Open for applications: 31 October 2014
Funding awarded: From December 2014 (for a period up to two years)
Open Project Funding is one strand of Creative Scotland’s new funding approach which was announced on 9 April 2014: (http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2014/04/new-10-year-plan-and-funding-approach-announced) and reflects Creative Scotland’s commitment to introduce a clear and simple funding approach that provides access to both long-term and project funding for individuals and organisations, as set out in our Action Plan for Change, published in March 2013 (http://www.creativescotland.com/resources/our-publications/board-papers/action-plan-for-change).
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